Anca Hanu and Matei Rotaru, actors of Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, in a conversation about the festivals they have participated in and about theatre.
Anca Hanu: Dear Matei, The Nurse asks you: how many theatre productions did you die in, including this one?
Matei Rotaru: According to the latest calculations... it seems I have forgotten to keep track... Basically, this is the last in a series of productions in which I die at the end.
A.H.: Are you happy to be alive?
M.R.: Yes, because only after you have died do you realize how beautiful life is... And you can cherish that.
The team of Cluj-Napoca National Theatre has begun rehearsals for two new productions, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess, director Răzvan Mureșan, and PLAYLIST by C.C. Buricea Mlinarcic, director Tudor Lucanu. The two productions will premiere in January 2017.
The two directors have shared with us a few thoughts about the plays they are currently staging:
Tudor Lucanu: "Playlist is the history of a mixt family, it begins during Romanian communism and gradually adapts to the new social realities. Playlist is a recent history. A history that changed us and that continues to change us, whether we want it or not. A history that is impossible to control and that actually controls you. A history subdued by all sorts of manipulations."
Răzvan Mureșan: A Clockwork Orange, cult-novel of the 60's, is a psychological game. Just like an orange can never be associated to a mechanism, the man cannot be deprived of his freedom to choose. When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man, says Burgess. And maybe that's why a man that chooses evil is better than a man forced to accept the good. If lewdies are good that's because they like it... badness is of the self, the one, the you or me.
The production DEATH AND REINCARNATION AS A COWBOY by Rodrigo Garcia, translated by Luminița Voina-Răuț, script and director Andrei Măjeri, received two awards and a nomination the 27th edition of the I PLEAD FOR YOU(NG) Theatre Festival in Piatra Neamț. The director Andrei Măjeri received the award for directing and the actress Sânziana Tarța, The Award for Best Actres, ex aequo with Alina Petrică for her role in AGLAJA, concept and choreography Ștefan Lupu, from the "Nicolae Bălcescu" European Center for UNESCO, Bucharest. At the same time, the production was nominated for Best Production.
The last festival Cluj-Napoca National Theatre participated in last week (10 November) was I Plead for You(ng), organized by the Youth Theatre, Piatra-Neamț, where the Cluj Theatre participated with Death and Reincarnation as a Cowboy by Rodrigo García, script and director Andrei Măjeri. In October, the same production was invited to the festival FEST(in) on the Boulevard, organized by Nottara Theatre in Bucharest. Here are a few impressions from the young director and three of the actresses from the cast.